Rip It Up and Start Again by Simon Reynolds
Postpunk 1978-1984

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It's easier for a critic to attack than to praise, but Reynolds takes more pleasure in expressing passion for the music he loves than in putting down what doesn't fit his program.
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Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such bands as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, and Devo, which resulted in endless innovations in music, lyrics, performance, and style and continued into the early eighties with the video-savvy synth-pop of groups such as Human League, Depeche Mode, and Soft Cell, whose success coincided with the rise of MTV. Full of insight and anecdotes and populated by charismatic characters, Rip It Up and Start Again re-creates the idealism, urgency, and excitement of one of the most important and challenging periods in the history of popular music.
 

About Simon Reynolds

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Simon Reynolds writes about music and popular culture for the "New York Times", "ArtForum", the "Observer", and "Melody Maker", and is the author of "Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock".
 
Published February 17, 2006 by Penguin Books. 436 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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on Mar 08 2013

It's easier for a critic to attack than to praise, but Reynolds takes more pleasure in expressing passion for the music he loves than in putting down what doesn't fit his program.

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